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In October of 1962, U.S. military spy planes confirmed Soviet missile sites were under construction in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy reacted by promising to enact a naval blockade of Cuba if the Soviets did not dismantle the sites immediately. How did she feel when she learned of the crisis?
When the U.S.S.R denied the presence of their missiles in Cuba, the situation became even more tense. Did she fear for the safety of the United States? Describe her reaction and the reactions of those close to her.
When reacting to the crisis, President Kennedy had several options, including a direct attack of Cuba or a resolution through the United Nations. What did she think Kennedy should have done? Did she agree with his decision to create a naval blockade?
In the days and weeks after the Cuban Missile Crisis, there were negotiations to bring about the removal of U.S. missiles from locations in Turkey that posed a threat to the nearby U.S.S.R. The U.S. peacefully complied. Did she believe that the United States was right to cooperate?
In 1963, the United States and the U.S.S.R. signed a limited nuclear test-ban treaty. This was a step towards peaceful co-existence in the Cold War era. Did this treaty alleviate any fears or concerns she might have had regarding the stability of the balance of power in those turbulent times?
Later it was learned that Kennedy did indeed plan to attack Cuba if the missiles were not removed. How did she feel when she realized how close the world really came to war? Did the crisis and the events surrounding it have a lasting effect on her political beliefs?
In the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, did she believe that the Cold War would ever end? Did she have a strong fear that nuclear war would eventually erupt or was she more optimistic about the future of relations between the two superpowers?